Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) criticized the decision of the Biden Administration to return to the infamous United Nations’ Human Rights Council.
“The Biden admin wants a seat back at the table w/ tyrants & dictators,” Haley tweeted.
Trump’s former ambassador to the UN said the United States “should not give credibility to the sham UN Human Rights Council” which she called a “group that covers for the world’s worst human rights violators.”
Haley’s reaction came after Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the Biden Administration hoped to win a seat on the Council.
Nikki Haley was a strong voice against tyrannies in the U.N.
Nikki Haley was the UN ambassador when the United States withdrew from the Council and described it as “a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
It was also in September 2018 when, for the first time, the United States, officially confirmed the “narco-state” installed in Venezuela.
Nikki Haley, was the first U.S. official, to directly accuse Diosdado Cabello, the second most powerful man of Chavismo, of being a “thief and drug trafficker”; a statement that confirmed from all quarters that Venezuela had become a “narco-state.”
On Wednesday, Blinken said the United States will seek a three-year term starting next year, while acknowledging that the body needs reform and should stop focusing so much on Israel.
“The United States is placing democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy because they’re essential for peace and stability,” Blinken said.
Blinken also noted that countries with the worst human rights records should not be members of this Council.
Returning to the Human Rights Council, despite its discredit
The Biden Administration is reversing numerous measures taken by the Trump Administration, including returning to the World Health Organization, which allegedly concealed the dangers of the coronavirus, and is now seeking to be a member of the Council, which has members such as Venezuela, Cuba, and Russia.
The controversial council has overlooked numerous abuses by some of its members.
In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that while the Human Rights Council needs reform, ultimately said that “abandoning it will not remedy” the problems.
“While we recognize the council’s failings, we know that this body has the potential to be an important forum for those fighting tyranny and injustice around the world,” he said. “By being at the table, we seek to ensure that it can live up to that potential,” he added.
Trump withdrew from the Human Rights Council in 2018 because of its disproportionate approach to Israel. The council was also criticized by the Trump Administration after it failed to comply with an extensive list of reforms demanded by then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
Although the U.S. will only have non-voting observer status, for now, U.S. officials say the administration intends to seek one of the three “full member” seats that will remain when the “stay” of Austria, Denmark and Italy expires at the end of 2021.